Mark Diacono

Mark Diacono


Mark is one of the country’s foremost food writers, known for his original take on all things edible. His A Year at Otter Farm, published in 2014, won the Andre Simon Food Book of the Year; A Taste of the Unexpected won the Guild of Food Writers Food Book of the Year 2011; and The New Kitchen Garden was published this spring. Mark has also written three River Cottage Handbooks, and is one of the authors of the forthcoming River Cottage Bible. He has won numerous Garden Media Guild awards for his writing and photography.

His unique smallholding, Otter Farm, is home to orchards of – among many other things – pecans, peaches, almonds, Szechuan pepper, apricots, a vineyard and the most delicious varieties of vegetables and herbs.  His idea is not only pioneering, it is also beautifully sustainable – taking advantage of climate change to grow low carbon food helps arrest its acceleration. It also means he’s lucky enough to spend most of his time eating, growing, writing and talking about food. Mark has now established his gardening and cookery school at Otter Farm, as well as running the blog relating all its daily joys.

He writes regular features for the Daily Telegraph, occasionally for the Observer, the Guardian and a host of other publications, and has a monthly column in The Simple Things. Mark’s award-winning Otter Farm blog has run for 10 years, has many thousands of followers.

Mark also led the Garden Team at River Cottage, appearing in the TV series, running courses and events at River Cottage HQ. He is one of the authors of the widely popular River Cottage series, of which the most recent is River Cottage A-Z: Our Favourite Ingredients and How to Cook Thempublished in September 2016.

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And the @EnvAgency does what exactly?

We should be very careful about giving up basic human freedoms even if we feel very much in tune with the impulse behind it

Win, win, win - a copy of @MarkDiacono beautiful new book, HERB, published by @QuadrilleFood and one of our 10" frying pans as featured on p155 &elsewhere.
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It is very clear to me that this goverment has zero real commitment to supporting and protecting British farmers to do anything better than be globalised race-to-the-bottom commodity producers

It will all get worse - and I find that deeply depressing

Dear @waitrose, please help us protect our planet's peatlands - these rare habitats are home to rare plants & wildlife & urgently need our protection. Please go #PeatFree! #Environment #ClimateAction #ClimateEmergency

Some more of the inside in this cut of an igtv flick through

(Or just head to a shop tomorrow / prime the book?? It is very tactile!

On Gene Wilder's birthday, we always post the gag reel from "Young Frankenstein" (1974)

A delight.


💬They are showing some intestinal fortitude.💬

Michael Holding says his career would have been over if he had made a stand against racism during his playing days and praises the England football team for taking the knee despite some fans continuing to boo the gesture.

Just when I thought I couldn't love Michael Holding more, he proves me wrong

Important to understand that the South Yorkshire police cover-up after Hillsborough was very public: it was the fierce campaign to avoid their own responsibility for gross negligence that killed 96 people, and instead make false allegations of misbehaviour, to blame the victims.

I really enjoyed this - bargain>>

@BBCSounds Spend an hour with the indisputably great Ivor Cutler.

Harry: Mother killed by press, fought in wars, Invictus games, dedicated campaigner for diverse charities covering mental health, environment, HIV, PTSD etc. Noel Gallagher: Knows pentatonic scale, wrote Wonderwall, complained when Jay-Z played Glastonbury, mates with Morrissey.

I am doing a TALK! And it's FREE to @DorsetWildlife members. Join them, they're ace (and then come to my talk):

Sorry, you’re telling me that not only did nobody in this godforsaken government point out that flying from London to Cornwall to talk about, in part, climate change, was a bad idea; but also that nobody said: “But maybe let’s not do a press shot getting off the plane”

If you boo @England players for taking the knee, you’re part of the reason why players are taking the knee.

It isn't just #HS2 that is a serious threat to the chalk streams in the Chilterns- we are too!
"Chalk streams are being drained of water by companies trying to meet the nation’s increasing thirst."
Also highlighted is the impact of #GlobalWarming

I have Hannah Glasse to blame and @MarkDiacono to thank for today's blog recipe, asparagus a la Grecque. Read all about it at #asparagusrecipes #summercooking